Mosque

12:04pm

Wed July 11, 2012
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Rutherford County Planning Commission Mulls Mosque Vote

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is nearly complete.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — Rutherford County Planning Commission members are considering whether to schedule a new vote on construction of the Murfreesboro Mosque.

The county's appeal of the court ruling that prohibits occupancy of the nearly finished worship center would still go forward.

Rutherford County Regional Planning Commissioner Mike Kusch sought a lawyer's advice on the issue during a meeting Monday. Kusch says the lawyer told members the board is free to revisit the matter any time as long as public notice is adequate.

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3:24am

Wed May 30, 2012
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Judge Allows Mosque Construction to Continue

Islamic Center of Murfreesboro

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Rutherford County judge has ruled that construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro’s new mosque can continue for now. 

Opponents of the Murfreesboro Mosque convinced Judge Robert Corlew to nullify the county planning commission decision that approved it, but they lost their bid to stop construction immediately.

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10:01am

Fri April 20, 2012
Judge Excludes Anti-Islam Testimony

Murfreesboro Mosque Case Headed Back to Court

The mosque being built by the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on Veals Road

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A lawsuit that seeks to void the approval for a Rutherford County mosque will go to trial next week in Murfreesboro.

On Thursday, Chancellor Robert Corlew denied a defense motion to dismiss claims of inadequate public notice for the meeting where the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was approved.

Even though the trial will now go forward, mosque spokesman Saleh Sbenaty says his congregation feels confident about the eventual outcome.

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5:35pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Murfreesboro Post Joins Case

New Court Date for Murfreesboro Mosque Case

Members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro gather to break ground for their new mosque September 28, 2011
WMOT/Osborne

MURFREESBORO, TN (AP) The trial over the site plan approval for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has been scheduled for next April.

Seventeen plaintiffs are suing Rutherford County, claiming officials violated Tennessee's open meetings law.

Plaintiffs' attorney Joe Brandon Jr. also tried to argue that the mosque violated his clients' constitutional rights, claiming mosque members were compelled by their religion to subdue non-Muslims.

Chancellor Robert Corlew dismissed that claim in May.

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